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Photo from Canyons Resort.
Click HERE for 2013-14 ticket deals.
The price of of full-day lift tickets at Utah’s ski resorts has skyrocketed in recent years and is now topping out at an astronomical $100 a day! If you’re budget-minded like me, this price won’t fly even with 12″ of fresh powder on the slopes.
Instead of skipping the season altogether, try these frugal ways to get your powder fix. Deals also abound for newbies and those with little ones who want to shred the slopes. We will update this list with more offers when we see them!
1. Discounted tickets on Groupon. If you plan to head south to visit Brian Head, this is a great deal! You can get two adult tickets for $54 ($98 value) and there are discounts on kids’ tickets too! See the deal for details.
2. $19 Night Skiing at Brighton this week. If a day job prevents you from taking advantage of weekday ski deals, head up this week and night ski at Brighton from 4-9 p.m. for just $19. No coupon required! Night skiing available Monday-Saturday. NOT CURRENTLY VALID.
3. FREE lift tickets with Geigerrig Pack purchase. When you purchase a Geigerrig you receive a free Skullcandy High Adventure Pass that includes FREE lift tickets to Utah ski resortsand others in North America (no purchase required), two FREE oil changes, BOGO lift tickets, and FREE summer mountain biking passes. Utah resorts included in the Passport are: Snowbasin, Eagle Point, Sundance, and Canyons.
4. FREE lift ticket for out-of-state visitors with same day boarding pass in Park City, UT- This won’t work if you’re a Utah resident, but is great if you have friends coming to visit and want them to ski with you! When they fly in, be sure to tell them to opt for an early flight! Driving to Park City from the airport is so quick that Visit Park City wants to prove it by converting an airline boarding pass into a FREE same-day lift ticket to the Park City resort of your choice: Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, or Park City Mountain Resort. Out-of-state ID required. This promotion is blacked out from December 23-January 5, 2013 and February 16-March 31, 2013. All resorts close April 14, 2013. Pre-registration required here.
4. Deeply discounted tickets on Liftopia.com- Liftopia is a great source for advance purchase tickets, but not last minute decisions! Head to Liftopia.com and buy your tickets in advance for up to 90% off regular price. Liftopia sells discounted, date-specific lift tikets, rentals, and lessons to over 150 resorts in North America. You must pre-buy for the date you plan to ski, so purchase early if you are planning to go over a holiday.
5. Discounted tickets available at local ski shops, Costco, or REI. In Utah you can score discounted lift tickets at Canyon Sports and AJ Motion Sports. REI and Costco members can also purchase discounted tickets in stores, but you will need to check with a local store to find out which resorts are available. I have seen tickets to Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort at Costco in the past.
6. FREE Skiing on Thursdays at Eagle Point in January. Everyone skis for FREE on Thursdays in January at Southern Utah’s newest resort, Eagle Point. Located 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City or Las Vegas and is a great getaway from crowded resorts.
7. Santas ski FREE at Canyons Resort. Dress in a full Santa suit and head to The Canyons on Saturday, December 22, 2012. If you are one of the first 50 to arrive in the morning, you will receive a FREE full-day lift ticket. Now that’s a jolly way to ring in the holidays!
8. Military skis FREE at Powder Mountain. Present your military ID at the lift ticket window on January 11, 2013 and receive a full-day lift ticket at Powder Mountain. Spouses and dependents ski for half off.
9.New skiers can learn and earn season pass at Snowbasin. This is a great way to get introduced to the sport of skiing or snowboarding! First-time child or adult skiers or snowboarders can learn to ride while earning a free season pass at Snowbasin. Just complete five two-hour beginner lessons for $295 (which include lift ticket and rentals) and receive a FREE season pass valid for the remainder of the season.
10. Discounted tickets for new skiers during January’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month. 2013 program details are not yet available, but this month brings great beginner packages that include lift tickets, rentals, and lessons at a minimal cost so newbies can get interested in snowsports. Check for updated details here.
11. Ski Free After 3 at Alta. This program is no longer free, but instead you can ski Alta after 3:00 p.m. for just $10 a ticket or $5 for a card reload. The Sunnyside, Albion, and Cecret lifts will be open. The three base are tows will be free all day every day, which is a great place to teach newbie skiers or boarders.
12. 5th and 6th graders ski FREE with Ski Utah Passport. Fifth graders ski or ride three times FREE* at each of Utah’s 14 resorts with Ski Utah’s Fifth Grade Passport. The Sixth Grade Passport allows sixth graders to ski or ride one time FREE* at each resort. (*$25 processing fee)
13. Kids 6 and under ski FREE! Brighton, Canyons, Eagle Point, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, and Solitude allow kiddos under 6 to ski FREE with a paying adult. Sundance allows kids 5 and under the same deal.
14. $40 Lift Tickets at Brighton on December 15.  Get a full-day lift ticket to Brighton for just $40 on Saturday, December 15 if you sign up in advance for Shred the Edge, a fundraiser that benefits the Utah Special Olympics. Not only will you save on your ticket, the money will go support this great organization.
15. Cheap tickets at Canyons with Groupon. Shred Utah’s fresh powder with this Groupon deal for cheap tickets at Canyons Ski Resort in Park City. You’ll pay just $69 for one full-day adult lift ticket (a $105 value),$119 for two full-day adult lift tickets (a $210 value) ,$39 for one full-day junior (ages 7–12) or senior (ages 65+) lift ticket (a $60 value), or $69 for two full-day junior or senior lift tickets (a $120 value).
Photo courtesy of Canyons Ski Resort. 
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